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What is intussusceptions?

What is intussusceptions?

It is age dependent: Most occur in children from 3-12 months and have no pathologic reason for them to occur and are 'reduced' by an air/contrast enema. When older, there may a 'lead' point and require surgery to remove the lead point. With newer scans, they are seen frequently and have no meaning. Occasionally, they occur after surgery and are related to disordered awakening of motility of the bowel. ...Read more

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Intussusception (Definition)

A condition where the ...Read more


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Can intussusception be cured?

Can intussusception be cured?

Yes: Treatment can often be as simple as a hydrostatic (water pressure) enema under the guidance of a radiologist. The child is monitored by staff as contrast material is introduced into the bottom thru a tube & visualixed on xray. If successful, the kid is monitored for a time & checked for things that might trigger the problem. Occasionally, surgery will be needed to fix it & look for trigger points. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of intussusception?

Rectal bleeding: Classic hallmarks of intussusception in a child are abdominal pain, lethargy and rectal bleeding (currant jelly stools). It is diagnosed with an air-contrast or barium enema. This xray study makes the diagnosis and in 80% of cases also cures the disease by reducing the intussusception. ...Read more

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What are the tests for intussusception?

What are the tests for intussusception?

Ultrasound and enema: Ultrasound can locate the mass of intussusception with characteristic sonographic finding, target or doughnut sign. This usually ileocolic intussusception where distal small bowel, ileum, telescopes into large bowel. Usually diagnostic enema performed for confirmation and therapeutic reduction to avoid surgery. Sometimes intussusception detected on CT exam. ...Read more

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Can you explain what intussusception is?

Can you explain what intussusception is?

Telescope: Intuscusseption is a condition whereby the intestine (shaped like a long tube) folds in on itself like an old fashioned sailor's telescope folds up. It is caused by an extra large amount of lymph tissue, tumor, or for unknown reasons, especially after gastric bypass for weight loss. In children it happens more frequently in th large intestine, and can be fixed with a barium enema done carefully. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for intussusception?

What do you recommend for intussusception?

Depends: In children below age 4 with less than 2 prior episodes of intussuception diagnosed by ultrasound or contrast enema (an x-ray exam) who do not have peritonitis or an advanced bowel obstruction, an attempt should be made at hydrostatic reduction of the intussuception. If this is not successful then the patient may need an operation to correct the intussuception. ...Read more

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What is the definition of intussusception?

What is the definition of intussusception?

Bowel obstruction: When bowel telescopes into bowel this is an intussusception. Examples include colon into colon, small bowel into colon or colon into small bowel or small bowel into small bowel. This leads to an intestinal obstruction with symptoms of pain, vomiting and currant jelly stools or blood in the stools. ...Read more

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What options are there for intussusception?

What options are there for intussusception?

See full answer: The most common type of intussusception occur near the junction of the small intestine and colon (eg ileocecal junction). After the diagnosis is confirmed, if the child does not have peritonitis, then the usual first line therapy is to attempt radiographic reduction. If this is not successful, then surgery is required. ...Read more

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How is intussusception diagnosed in a child?

How is intussusception diagnosed in a child?

Rectal bleeding: Classic hallmarks of intussusception in a child are abdominal pain, lethargy and rectal bleeding (currant jelly stools). It is diagnosed with an air-contrast or barium enema. This xray study makes the diagnosis and in 80% of cases also cures the disease by reducing the intussusception. ...Read more

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How rare is the condition intussusception among adults?

How rare is the condition intussusception among adults?

Rare: In adult the cause is usually a "lead point" such as polyp or tumor either benign or malignant. Hence it warrants a totally different workup and treatment. ...Read more

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Do lots of people get intussusception, or is it unusual?

Do lots of people get intussusception, or is it unusual?

Rare: Intussusception is primarily seen in young infants. When seen in older children (over 3 years) or adults a lead point must be excluded. The lead point could be a tumor and the intussusception is the first sign. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are intussusception symptoms?

Vomiting, pain: Nausea and vomiting are prominent symptoms, as well as intermittent cramping abdominal pain. There may also be rectal bleeding/bloody stools, a mass that can be palpated in the abdomen and shortness of breath. Later there may be lethargy and signs of sepsis. This needs to be treated early, so do not delay in seeking medical attention. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Intussusception?

What is the definition or description of: Intussusception?

Telescoping bowel: Intussusception is a condition where the bowel telescopes on itself. It occurs in 0.07% of infants and is most common between 4 - 9 months of age. It produces signs and symptoms of bowel blockage - Vomiting (in 81%), Bloody poos (in 61%) and abdominal pain (59%). The poos are sometimes said to look like red currant jelly.

Ultrasound confirms the diagnosis. Treatment: air enema and/or surgery. ...Read more

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I have recently been diagnosed with intussusception and was wondering what is this?

I have recently been diagnosed with intussusception and was wondering what is this?

In an adult,: Intestinal intussusception is almost always caused by some pathologic process as a lead point. This is a condition where a portion of the intestine gets invaginated into a distal portion, much like your sweater sleeve. Confer with your GI specialist on how to solve this problem. ...Read more

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Can it be possible to have a intussusception and not have all the really bad symptoms?

Can it be possible to have a intussusception and not have all the really bad symptoms?

Yes: Intussusceptions occur all the time and resolve spontaneously. It occurs commonly in babies under 1 year of age. Rarely is there a cause. In older patients, when it occurs and does not resolve on its own, there is usually a cause and will need operative intervention. ...Read more

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What are the most common symptoms of intussusception? Do I need to have all of them to really have it?

What are the most common symptoms of intussusception? Do I need to have all of them to really have it?

Doubt You have it!: If you are old enough to ask this question it is unlikely you really have this problem. Intussusception is most common from 3-6 months of age with > 60% before 2y.The intestine overides itself like a telescoping antenna, making flow restricted & triggering pain. Sudden onset of waves of severe crampy pain in a child who appears well between events. Vomiting, apathy loose stools.Dx is a challange. ...Read more

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I'm a woman and just been diagnosed with chronic rectal intussusception. Not that much info about it. Does anyone here know much above it?

I'm a woman and just been diagnosed with chronic rectal intussusception. Not that much info about it. Does anyone here know much above it?

Depends: Chronic rectal intussusception occurrs due to laxity of pelvic floor muscles especially if you have had several children or maybe just large babies. It can be treated permanently with surgery called an altmeier procedure. Ask your doctor about it. ...Read more

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Female and just been diagnosed with chronic rectal intussusception. Not that much info about it. Does anyone here know much above it, what to do?

Female and just been diagnosed with chronic rectal intussusception. Not that much info about it. Does anyone here know much above it, what to do?

Colon/rectal surgeon: Rectal intussusception is also called internal prolapse. The rectum folds into itself but does not fall out of the anus as in full rectal prolapse. Most patients have some degree of constipation, having difficulty passing stool even when the stool is soft. Initial treatment is aimed to relieving the constipation with stool softeners, fiber and pelvic floor therapy. Surgery may be indicated. ...Read more

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Hello doctors, what does intussusception mean?

Hello doctors, what does intussusception mean?

Bowel obstruction: Due to telescoping of bowel, caused by inflammation or polyp, as seen in children, distal small bowel enters into cecum, if untreated will results in gangrene ...Read more

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Are all diagnostic tests for intussusception done locally? What are they?

Are all diagnostic tests for intussusception done locally? What are they?

Depends: Intusception can be suspected by history & belly exam & diagnosed by ultrasound or an enema, preferably a controlled water pressure enema in the hands of a radiologist who can reduce the intussusception during the procedure. A hospital facility needs to have the personnel &equipment to do the work. If not the pt is sent to a site that can.Surgery will be needed if the reduction attempt fails. ...Read more

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What is the result of xray in intussusception?

What is the result of xray in intussusception?

Barium enema: Intussusception is when the small intestine telescopes into the large intestine. It can cause pain, cramping, lethargy, and bloody stools. A barium or air contrast enema administered in a hospital can often reduce it and avoid surgery. This works about 75% of the time. In some instances surgery is needed to reduce the defect and in rare instances a bowel resection may be required. ...Read more

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Ibs, crohn's, intussusception, what could I have?

Ibs, crohn's, intussusception, what could I have?

Can't guess: Without knowing ANY of your history, symptoms, physical findings or lab tests, I don't know that you have anything except a concern that you have something that involves your abdomen. Either discuss with your physician or give us a bunch more information to work off of. Please don't guess or surf internet to try and solve chronic abdominal pain - it could be serious and/or cured. ...Read more

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Any treatment advice on intussusception?

Any treatment advice on intussusception?

Depends: Intussuception can be treated by using a hydrostatic enema with xray or ultrasound guidance. Sometimes surgery is needed. ...Read more

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Intussusception of abdomen, will it heal itself over time?

Intussusception of abdomen, will it heal itself over time?

Not usually: The intestine may move in and out a bit, but if truly intussuscepted and necrotic, surgery will be needed. ...Read more

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How long does fussiness associated with intussusception last?

How long does fussiness associated with intussusception last?

Indefinite: The fussiness of intussusception lasts as long as the blockage is ongoing. Once relieved by either enema or surgery, the fussiness will subside. ...Read more

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How long does shallow breathing associated with intussusception last?

How long does shallow breathing associated with intussusception last?

May not be related: Shallow breathing is typically not associated with intussusception. Sometimes children with intussusception can have lethargy. After successful reduction, lethargy should improve quickly. ...Read more

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How long does vomiting associated with intussusception last?

How long does vomiting associated with intussusception last?

12 - 24 hours: After the intussusception is reduced it should resolve very quickly. If symptoms remain present medications to prevent nausea can ber used. If surgery is required it may take 2-3 days before normal bowel function resumes. ...Read more

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Adult, MR Enterography show Jejunum loop is dilated, mild Ileus possible, Had multiple transient intussusception in that area before what causes it?

Adult, MR Enterography show Jejunum loop is dilated, mild Ileus possible, Had multiple transient intussusception in that area before what causes it?

Surgical consult: I feel it's important for you to be evaluated by an abdominal surgeon for advice. It's likely that repeated intususceptions have somehow disturbed the motility of the duodenum. I don't think this is simply a localized Ileus.
I'm concerned about the dilated loop which may become increasingly symptomatic or worsen. ...Read more